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Democracy Now! Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Published August 6, 2008


Headlines

* Rwanda Accuses France in 1994 Genocide
* Family of Detained Pakistani Accuses US of Rape, Abuse
* Shunning ICJ, Texas Executes Mexican National
* Audit: Iraq Could Have $79B Surplus
* Ex-Israeli General Who Called for Mass Killing Palestinians Launches PM Bid
* US Revokes Visas for 3 Gaza Fulbright Winners
* Report: Primates Face Growing Extinction Threat
* US Recorded Scores of Gitmo Interrogations
* McCain Staffers Accused of Racial Profiling
* 45,000 Mark 63rd Anniversary of US Bombing of Hiroshima

Army Recruiter Suspended for Threatening High School Student with Jail Time, Sparks Bipartisan Call for Investigation

A story involving an Army recruiter in Texas last week has led to a bipartisan call for an investigation. The recruiter from the Greenspoint Recruiting Station in Houston was suspended after a recording of his threats aired on a local TV station. The recruiter, Sgt. Glenn Marquette, warned eighteen-year-old Irving Gonzalez that he would be sent to jail if he decided to go to college instead of joining the military, even though Gonzalez had signed a non-binding contract that left him free to change his mind before basic training. We play the recording of their conversation, and we speak with two of the teenage Army recruits involved. We also question a spokesman for the US Military Recruiting Command and speak with a Texas Congressman who is calling for an investigation. [includes rush transcript]



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